String Math 2020: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of String Theory in Mathematics

What can concepts from string theory tell us about mathematics? A black hole, for example, provides a precise quantum mechanical model that we can describe in the language of mathematics. In a sense, nature has already solved our math homework.

Click here to view the talk "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of String Theory in Mathematics" given by Robbert Dijkgraaf at the String Math 2020 conference, held July 30. Held annually, String Math brings together string theorists and mathematicians for collaboration. This year's String Math was was held via Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch the entire conference here.